What happens when you combine the steaminess of The Spanish Princess, the production value of The Crown, and the enthusiastic narration of PBS special? You get The Last Czars, a documentary series that premiered on Netflix this July. Enter the "megadoc," a genre that Nutopia, the production company behind the sweeping Romanov epic, says "combines epic cinematography and action-driven drama with high-end documentary" — not to mention, the wisdom of Dr. Pablo de Orellana.
The series about the ill-fated Romanov dynasty already has viewers on Twitter tittering over centuries-old events. What was the nature of Czarina Alexandra and Rasputin's relationship? What was the worst of Czar Nicholas II's many mistakes? How did Rasputin really die? Does Queen Elizabeth wear a former Romanov tiara?
The Last Czars arrives just months after Amazon's star-studded anthology series The Romanoffs, which toyed with the Russian family's historical legacy. Clearly, the Romanovs are having a moment. Here's how The Last Czars' portrayal measures up to the real family.